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Feed-in Tariff costs set to rise to an all-time high

Feed-in Tariff costs set to rise to an all-time high: Research from Cornwall Insight shows that Feed-in Tariff (FiT) costs for the upcoming quarterly levelisation* could reach an all-time high, covering the period April – June 2020.   The combination of extremes in sunshine hours and low energy demand resulting from the COVID-19 lockdown has…
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Recovering drinking water supplies after inactivity

Recovering drinking water supplies after inactivity Advisory -Recovering drinking water supplies in buildings and networks after prolonged inactivity Background: The restrictions placed on business and people by UK governments as a measure to restrict the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in mid-March 2020 left many premises either closed or with reduced staff. The pace of change meant…
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Government should establish green pension ‘superfunds’

Government should establish green pension ‘superfunds’: The government should help invest in the UK’s green recovery by establishing pension ‘superfunds’. Think tank Social Market Foundation (SMF) suggests ministers should be more willing to spend public money upfront to support ‘pathfinder’ infrastructure projects and take more risks in supporting clean energy markets in their infancy. Noting…
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Dangerous used PPE in majority of UK waste bins

The majority of waste bins contain dangerous used PPE and ‘could put lives at risk’ across the UK. Up to 80% of domestic and business bins contain possibly hazardous COVID-19-contaminated rubbish suggests BusinessWaste the clinical waste collection company. More than 1,560 businesses and households were contacted by the company who found four out of five…
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Long-term climate goals being failed by most sectors

Long-term climate goals being failed by most sectors: Long-term climate and energy access goals are in danger of being failed by the majority of sectors and technologies. The International Energy Agency (IEA) according to report has warned that the Covid-19 crisis shouldn’t delay the transition to clean energy and asked governments to take immediate action…
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Biofuel supplier gets six-figure backing to power NHS

Biofuel supplier gets six-figure backing to power NHS: HSBC UK has provided a Barnsley based biofuel supplier, with six-figure funding to provide biofuel to an NHS hospital during the Covid-19 crisis. The funding will ensure Biofuels and Oils can pay all its staff involved in the production and delivery of fuel and keep backup generators at…
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£51mn cost to balance the electricity system

Cornwall Insight comments on £51mn cost to balance the electricity system over the Bank Holiday: The Bank Holiday (23-24 May) saw the UK experience warm yet windy weather. Coupled with the significantly low levels of energy demand observed during the lockdown, it is no surprise that the level of activity from National Grid Electricity System Operator…
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‘Net zero progress is not just a number’

‘Net zero progress is not just a number’: The sector for energy storage has strengthened its presence over the past year. That’s the suggestion from Alastair Martin, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Flexitricity who spoke about the progressive growth of renewables and how the net zero target can change the way people act. He said…
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ScottishPower joins pledge to help vulnerable communities

ScottishPower joins pledge: ScottishPower has joined the C-19 Business Pledge, which is a national initiative to support vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 crisis. The firm has introduced several offerings to help households and businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. For customers who are struggling financially the energy supplier has offered the flexibility to adjust their direct…
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Planned solar farm to generate power for 3,000 homes

Planned solar farm to generate power for 3,000 homes : Leicestershire County Council has submitted plans to develop a solar farm and a carbon-neutral industrial site. Council bosses are pressing ahead with plans to develop a huge solar farm and industrial park next to the A6 on farmland it owns off Barrow Road in Quorn.…
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